14 May 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Carl Frampton will fight Robbie Turley in Cardiff on June 4 for the right to challenge for the British super bantamweight title later in the year.
The Jackals bout on the undercard of fellow Ulsterman Andrew Murrays European title tilt has been officially confirmed as an eliminator for the prestigious domestic crown by the British Boxing Board of Control. And if the undefeated Belfast fighter emerges unscathed from his battle with the 24 year old Welsh champion he could face a mouthwatering clash with the much touted Scott Quigg for the strap currently held by Jason Booth.
Quigg, who like Barry McGuigans protg, Frampton, has been tipped for the top, is the number 1 contender, but if he beats Booth or indeed Booth, as some expect retires and vacates, the Tigers Bay native will get the chance to prove he is the best super bantamweight prospect in Britain and Ireland.
Carl will fight Robbie Turley in a British title eliminator on June 4, McGuigan told Mirror Sport last night. We are delighted with the news. We initially had an option of Ian Napa or Turley. We wanted Napa because of his credentials and what he has achieved, but the Board ruled we fight Turley. We dont care who we fight we are just delighted to have secured a British title eliminator. The most important thing is Carl is on track to fight for the British title. We also offered to put the Celtic title on the line if they want.
Frampton certainly hasnt taken any boxing baby steps since making his paid debut in 2009 and victory on the Matchroom show will see him take a significant step towards major boxing honours. And rather than take an easy route to the top, former WBA world featherweight champion, McGuigan stressed his charge is ready to fight any of the big names in Europe at present. Indeed McGuigan is confident Frampton, who is on course to win the British title in just his eleventh contest, wont just beat Turley next month but would defeat any top ranked super bantam on the Continent.
We want Scott Quigg we hope to fight him for the British title. We want the big fights and the big names. Carl is ready for any of the so called top super bantamweights. He is ready for Jason Booth, Quigg, Rendell Munroe and that level of fighter. We dont care who we fight. We are ready to go and ready to make a serious mark on this division starting with victory in a British title eliminator next month.